Exporting goods to Honduras, whether it is for the first time, or on a regular basis, can be a challenging experience. There are many elements to consider when shipping to a country such as Honduras. If you are in Canada or the US and not entirely familiar with the Latin American market, you should consider a cargo shipping company that knows the business culture, the language, the customs regulations and has a proven track record of success when it comes to shipping to Honduras.
Regulations in Honduras are not only very different from the ones in the US or Canada, communication methods and business etiquette are also very distinct: ● Corporate culture in Honduras is relationship-driven. Known as reserved but friendly people, Hondurans value trust, honor & camaraderie. They attach great importance to developing personal relationships rather than formal business connections which is the norm in the US or Canada. Therefore, it is important to develop easy going business “friendships”, as Hondurans may be more loyal to you personally rather than to the company you represent. Third-party contacts are also a key to business success in Honduras. An established person vouching for you and presenting your company will help you gain trust in the market. ● Hondurans have a more relaxed perception of time management than Americans and Europeans, however punctuality is expected for business appointments. ● It is also important to consider the language as a possible barrier. Although most highly-educated business executives speak English fluently, the average person speaks only Spanish.
Honduras is a growing economy full of business opportunities for companies looking to expand Internationally. The country’s economic performance has been historically tied to its agriculture. However its recent market expansion has been focused on value-added industries such as manufacturing (goods produced by local assembly plants called maquiladoras), tourism and construction. The import market has seen steady growth in recent years and it will keep increasing until at least 2024. The USA is Honduras’ largest trading partner. The Central America - Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) offers lots of opportunities for international exporters. Moreover, Hondurans are known to be highly receptive to US goods. The import market has seen steady growth in recent years and it will keep increasing until at least 2024. The USA is Honduras’ largest trading partner. The Central America - Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) offers lots of opportunities for international exporters. Moreover, Hondurans are known to be highly receptive to US goods. The need for shipping to and from Honduras has been increasing exponentially during recent years. With LAC by your side you will reinforce your company’s cargo shipping capability to Honduras. Our experienced professionals are very familiar with the market requirements in Honduras which is very important to avoid delays during the importation process. We provide you with all the necessary tools to break into the Honduran market, headache free.
Every country in every continent offers a unique mix of laws, guidelines, customs regulations, documentation requirements, controlled or prohibited goods lists, communication norms, and cultural biases. If you want to be successful in penetrating the Honduran market, you will need a logistics partner that understands the Honduran culture, the business landscape and speaks the local language as well. Our team of experts offer you superior freight forwarding services and the best rates for your cargo shipping to Honduras. Our combined experience, extensive knowledge; logistics skills and local connections will help you get started on the right foot and make sure that your goods are transported quickly, safely, and worry-free. We have your company’s best interests at heart, if you want to be successful in Honduras, Latin American Cargo is the best freight forwarding company for you.
If you are sending merchandise to Honduras by sea or air for the first time, guidance and support will surely be needed, as there are guidelines, prohibitions and restrictions to consider. Documentation requirements vary depending on the category of goods being shipped, and can get quite extensive. They usually include: Commercial invoice, Bill of lading / Air waybill, Packing list, Insurance certificate, Certificate of Origin (if required). To avoid delays or hassles when shipping to Honduras, your packing list must be as detailed as possible. Vague wording like “miscellaneous” attracts negative attention and further inspections. Regulations can be strict on certain categories of goods being imported to Honduras. Prior authorization or special permits may be needed for certain items such as agricultural products, processed foods, pharmaceutical, cosmetics or antiques. Prohibited commodities include certain used vehicles, used clothing and accessories, used tires, certain used machinery and all types of toxic wastes or dangerous residues. Duties and tariffs are usually based on the total value of the shipment in question, and depending on how well-documented the cargo is, those values could be determined by the judgment of Customs Officials on the spot. Shipping cargo to Honduras is easier with LAC as we have overcome these obstacles many times and have developed a thorough understanding of the customs procedures.
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